|Nature Conservation Dresden||cultural habitats|
|Photo by M. OELKE|
Meadow with flowering fruit-trees. Such cultural habitats as well as many varieties of cultivated plants and breeds of domesticated animals developed long time ago are now threatened because they are considered to be no more economically efficient. However they should be protected because they contain a large genetic potential.
Further examples of cultural habitats are extensively used grasslands and heaths representing valuable ecological communities with native species as well as those immigrated many hundred years ago, but also artificial ponds and residual waters of mining, replacing natural standing waters that have been destroyed by man.
Nature Conservation Dresden will acquire cultural habitats to cultivate and protect them because they shelter endangered communities of animals and plants and they contribute to a coherent ecological network.